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Mythical concept

I've been guilty of falling for the idea that Dwyane Wade struggles against the Pistons and the defense of Lindsey Hunter and Rip Hamilton. Maybe it's because I vividly remember his 3 of 15 game in Detroit on March 22, and his frustrations with Rip and Lindsey at times during games. But I guess I should've looked at the numbers earlier.

Dwyane's numbers against the Pistons this season in four games: 43.5 minutes, 28.0 points, .512 shooting percentage, 7.0 assists, 6.5 rebounds. Take out the 3 of 15 game, and he's averaging 33 points and shooting 57.9 points.
In fact, Dwyane has only scored more total points this season against the Cavs, Magic and Wizards.

Combine that with Shaq's 28.0 points on 58.3 percent shooting against the Pistons this season, and it's pretty clear that a series against the Pistons will come down to the supporting cast.

So, a lot of that will fall on Antoine Walker, who averaged just 6.5 points and shot 27.8 percent against the Pistons this season. But then again, I also remember Antoine not knowing where his shots were coming from in three of those games, which contributed greatly to his struggles.

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That's an interesting bit of research. You did leave out one line of reasoning, however.

Hunter only played 2 games against Wade. In those 2 games, DW had 13 and 29. That's an average of....

21 PPG.

pistons fan already hear wow!!!!

WELL BRING ON THE HEAT TO THE PALACE! THANKS LEBRON FOR THE WAKE UP CALL, THAT GUY IS GREAT, WILL BE THE BEST OF ALL TIME, ONCE HE GETS A JUMPSHOT HE WILL BE BETTER THAN JORDAN, THE KIDS GOT IT ALL, SKILLS,SMARTS,AND MATURITY BEYOND HIS AGE.
I DONT SEE YOUR HEAT TEAM AS GOOD AS LAST YEARS. YOUR PERIMETER DEFENSE IS NOT AS GOOD, SHAQ IS NOT THE SHAQ OF 2 YEARS AGO, AND ANTOINE WALKER IS TOO STREAKY A SHOOTER, MISSES TOO MANY 3'S AND IS NOT A GOOD DEFENDER. I SEE PISTONS IN 6 MAYBE 7.

Antoine Hater.

I forgot to give Antoine a ticket to Play with the team in Detroit. I hope he shows up and if he does i hope he manages to do better than 28% from the feild.

He needs to do something to take pressure off shaq and wade since they proclaimed him our third option he better. Or he would just be living up to everybodys expectations of him playing against a good defensive team Detroit.

Im not into all the hype about this guy playing better. I have seen him play good ball for a few games in the regular season then he was back to square one. True i have seen this guy make great moves to the basket and helped us out a lot last series. But where was he vs chicago.

I hope shaq practices his footwork and free throw shooting cause it may be down to the wire.

Wade has to know that when those shots arent falling that is when you drive to the basket, try to get your team involved. Driving to the basket is an assignment i also give to williams. He should also try not to hurt himself trying to be superman. Leave that to Shaq.

Now Jason and Haslem Must practise their midrange jumper. They need to hit them. Posey and Gary needs to play crazy mad defense,
Pat needs to stick to the eight man rotation.
Whenever shaq is out zo comes in.

OK GUYS WISH YOU LUCK CAUSE YOU GONNA NEED IT

GO MIAMI YOU CAN DO THIS !!!!

I've said this all year long and I'll say it again! We matchup well with Detroit! JWill is the X-factor in this series for me! In the first game versus Detroit he started off getting to the basket and getting easy layups! I firmly believe that Chauncey's defense is way over-rated! In the second game GP did the samething off the bench! We can get good money out of Chauncey. DWade don't get frustrated with Rip Hamilton and his grabbing, chest bumpin', and hand checking(with Lindsey attack him before he gets under you and dont wait on them)! You should play this series like you're back in the Chi! No Blood No Foul! That's the mind state you should be in! Period! On defense send Rip and you should be cool! Use your left hand to contest his shot and you'll get a block or two on his jumpshot without anybody contact because the left hand is lined up with the right hand when you're defending a right hander. He'll be surprised at how quick you're up on his shot! James Posey matches up perfectly with Tayshaun I'm not worried about that matchup! Now in my opinion I think we should go to the Twin Tower look because I don't want Rasheed to get any block work going and if the Pistons even slightly think about doubling Shaq with Rasheed that would leave Zo on the weak side with a small forward or guard! Plus Zo would get Rasheed in foul trouble quickly if we gave him the ball on the offensive end! Make Sheed play some D! Doleac will be ok with the Pistons because their bigs are perimeter oriented for the most part! But if we don't go with the big lineup Haslem has to be able to the basket off the dribble and finish and/or get fouled. Rasheed will always smack down on shot block attempt. His right ankle is the sore one so drive right so he'll have to push off that right ankle to slide with you. You'll have a step on him and he'll smack down on you Haslem everytime! Shaq should be ok but it's looking like Ben Wallace is flopping more than ever nowadays! lol

Send Rip left and he'll pass it 9 times out 10 or he'll miss!

Big Dee Chi-Born,

I'm afraid you've been looking at last year's games. We shut D-wade down, Williams is no good, Walker can't remain focus, Shaq is old. I'm afraid as everyone has said, your last year team was better. Peace out.

This years version of the Miami Heat are 10x better than last years... Come on guys, give me a break! It's getting to the point where it's ridiculous... the fact that we're still debating this. Anyone who even tries to make the argument that last years team was better does not know what they are talking about. The HEAT will beat Detroit in SIX GAMES. QUOTE ME ON THAT!!!

I will even let you know the result of each game.

Game 1: Heat wins
Game 2: Detroit Wins
Game 3: Heat Wins
Game 4: Heat wins
Game 5: Detroit wins
Game 6: Heat wins (wins series in Miami)

Book it!

Also, please don't talk about Detroit shutting Wade down. They cannot shut Wade down and they know that. Detroit's only goal is to shut down every one else besides Shaq & Wade. That is why the role players are going to have to step it up in order for us to win, and they will. GO HEAT!!!

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